Parents must be pulling their hair out as they read more and more about drug use in college and realize there’s a one in five chance that their kid is probably drinking like a fish, taking Ritalin, Adderall, or other amphetamines to study, taking painkillers to get through the game after an injury, or simply taking drugs to get high. And many of them will keep doing the same thing unless they get into an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center.
Young adults are dying from drugs – lots of them – and from alcohol. Sometimes the parents didn’t even know they had a problem. And sometimes they knew but were unable to get them to get help. With many parents not understanding drugs, they tend to not insist their kids get help through the Silver Linings Recovery Center.
Kids often tell their parents, once their parents find out, that they’ll quit. The hopeful parents – not having had personal experience with drugs – believe them. Either they trust their kids, or they’ve threatened them with consequences so severe they can’t imagine they’ll continue.
What parents don’t understand – and, really, this is the first thing that has to change if we want to see a change in the drug scene – is that it’s not difficult to reach a point where it’s pretty much out of their control. So many lives are ruined by drugs not because the people taking them chose to do so, but because they just couldn’t stop. That’s drug addiction, and that’s why you need a drug addiction treatment center.
Parents think they can’t control their kids – if the kids say no, the parents feel they can’t do anything about it. In fact, they probably can. However, if you’ve really tried and just can’t do it, an interventionist can help get your kids into a drug addiction treatment center. Interventionists have often been addicted to drugs themselves in the past and they know how to deal with the situation.
The one thing you can’t do is simply hope. If you want to ensure your kid’s safety, if they won’t stop taking drugs or drinking, if they say they’ve stopped but you suspect they haven’t, if they’re still acting strangely even though they say they’re no longer taking drugs, don’t let up. Get help from an intervention specialist if you need it, but get them into a drug addiction treatment center for the drug or alcohol rehab they need, one way or the other.